A fatty liver cleanse diet aims to reduce and eliminate accumulated fat in the liver. Fatty liver is the most common liver disease in the United States, affecting 2 to 5 percent of the population. These numbers are significantly higher in patients with type 2 diabetes and people who are overweight or obese. Conditions such as hyperinsulinemia, hypertension, and various metabolic disorders can also be contributing factors.
The best treatment for fatty liver patients is still a matter of debate. Possible remedies currently being tested include things like milk thistle supplements, vitamin E and vitamin C supplements, Epsom salt liver rinses, and various medications like Orlistat, Metformin, and Atorvastatin, to name just a few.
Many of these treatment methods focus on powerful antioxidants intended to protect the liver or repair damaged hepatocytes (liver cells). However, while the above methods remain topics of much debate, most medical professionals agree that diet and exercise are one of the key weapons in slowing and reversing the condition.
A diet to cleanse the liver of fat must first focus on not aggravating the problem. This means that a proper diet must be low in fat to begin with. Lower fat intake means less fat is available to reach the liver. It is generally recommended that no more than 30% of your daily calories come from calories from fat.
To reduce the fat in the liver, you should focus on eating lean white meats like chicken and turkey instead of darker and fatty meats like beef and pork. Always remove excess fat before cooking or eating. If you fry food, use oil sparingly. Also avoid eating processed meats like hot dogs and hot dogs.
Although a glass of wine a day has been shown in some studies to be beneficial for liver function, alcohol consumption should for the most part be avoided in both alcoholic and nonalcoholic patients with fatty liver disease. The ethanol in alcohol limits the release of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) into the bloodstream, which can result in the accumulation of more fatty acids in the liver. Water and raw fruit and vegetable juices are excellent and healthy alternatives.
Foods with a high glycemic index, such as white rice and white bread, raise blood sugar quickly and should be avoided. Foods that contain complex carbohydrates like brown rice and whole grains are a good alternative. High fiber foods are also recommended to aid in digestion. A 1,200 to 1,500 calorie diet can help you lose weight while providing the nutrition you need to maintain healthy liver function.